Let’s say your passion is reading. You spend your days and nights with your reading friends reading and talking about books. When you aren’t reading, you are coaching others to read. Oh, what a wonderful life!
One day, the doctor tells you that you can’t read for 6-8 weeks. He says that if you read before then, he will then extend how long you aren’t allowed to read. You are told that for the first three weeks, you cannot read at all. You can’t even pick up a book. Stay out of the library. No Barnes and Noble. No reading. Do you hear me?
After three weeks have passed, you can pick up a book. You can’t read it. but you can hold it. You can go into Barnes and Noble and walk around and look at the books. You can buy a coffee and sit, but you can’t read a book. You can bring your iPod and listen to music, if that makes you feel like you are doing something. Oh, and you can watch other people read books. You can witness their enjoyment for reading. You can sit and listen to your reading friends talk about the books they have read, the books they hope to read in the future, but you cannot read a book yourself.
After three more weeks, if you have followed all of these instructions, you can read…for one minute. First you hold the book for three minutes, then read for one minute, hold the book for three minutes, read for one minute. You can continue this for twenty minutes. Then you must put the book down.
The next week, you can read the book for two minutes, and continue building up your reading time over several weeks until one day, you can read the book for twenty minutes without stopping to hold the book! Wow, you begin to look forward to that day. You might be able to finish a chapter in a couple of weeks.
Then, you start calculating how long it will take to finish a book. Your friends are talking about reading a book. You start worrying that you will never be able to finish a book. And all of your friends will read the book and you won’t be able to!
You begin to wonder how long you can live like this! Without your passion! Just watching others enjoy reading, while you are just holding a book and watching everyone else read. What if you forget how to read? What if your friends find someone new to read with?
The last time I read a book was April 20. And I didn’t even get to finish that book. I tried so hard to finish it, but it wasn’t meant to be. I tried to read a book last week, but I couldn’t. I don’t think I have ever gone this long without reading. And now I am on summer break and I can’t read.